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UPP – Due nuove posizioni – Iraq/Siria

La ONG Un ponte per sta selezionando un/a Cross-border country administrator e un/a Medical Advisor da inserire nella sua operatività in tra Iraq e Siria. Scadenza candidature 20 aprile 2018




Cross-border country  administrator – IRAQ /SYRIA

Duration: 3 months with possible extension

Starting from: as soon as possible

Deadline: 20th of April



Un ponte per… (UPP) is an Italian Ngo and no-profit organization established in 1991. It began its activities as “Un Ponte per Baghdad”, right after the end of bombings on Iraq, with the aim of organizing solidarity initiatives in support of the Iraqi civil society.

Later on, the Un ponte per… activities have been extended to Serbia and other MENA countries.

In Iraq, during the last 20 years the association has been implementing projects in the fields sanitation, culture and education thanks to the support of Italian and international donors.

After the 2003 conflict, UPP started to support Iraqi civil society in its effort to protect the cultural heritage, the human and environmental rights, the minorities, and to defend freedom of expression and association. Following the last regional conflicts the association has been also active in the field of humanitarian interventions, first aid and on-going distribution of basic living needs.

The team is based in North East Syria (NES) for most of the time with frequent visits to the project locations and to the other UPP offices in the area. Trips to field are done whenever the situation allows. The UPP mission in NES is currently working in several locations and supporting PHC and hospitals. Most of the medicines and equipment provided to these health facilities are imported from the neighboring Iraq, through the territory of the Kurdistan Regional Govt. Social and political situation together with the ongoing war pose a number of daily challenges to the supply chain.

Organization setting: the appointed Cross-border Country Administrator refers directly to Financial Director, and is conversely reference point to all appointed PMs and administrative personnel of all UPP Offices operating in Iraq and Syria.


Tasks and responsibilities:

Support  UPP Financial Director in preparing missions’ yearly budget forecast (staff, running and shared and indirect costs)  and regularly monitor allocations and coverage.

Carry out internal financial management controls ensuring UPP and donors financial requirements are met in an efficient and effective manner whilst assessing potential risks.

Supervise the project managers in preparing and monitoring and in the preparation of  financial reports to donors ensuring accuracy and adherence to financial rules set within the given deadlines.

Provide training, briefing and tutorship for financial and non financial staff of UPP and local partners when needed in order to ensure compliance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Support the preparation of the budget new proposals with specific inputs on the budgets

Perform regular monitoring visits to UPP offices in Syria and Iraq

Supervise external and internal audits and microassessements preparation.

Planning external audits following up on the implementation of recommendation.

Assist, when required, in the recruitment, interview, and selection of new administrative staff.

Liaise with HQ and donors in the provision of information, data, reports and queries on finance-related issues.

Perform other duties assigned by the Financial Director (HQ).


Essential Requirements

University degree in accounting or equivalent working experience

At least 4 years professional work experience in finance in NGOs

Experience of financial reporting and grant management with a range of external donors

Experience of reporting and monitoring to tight deadlines

Effective financial management skills and knowledge of finance systems and procedures

Excellent organizational skills with the ability to coordinate activities

Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills including Excel

Ability to demonstrate initiative, be proactive and offer a solution-oriented approach

Determined and committed to high quality standards

Ability to establish effective working relationships at all levels internally and externally

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure, while maintaining flexibility and enthusiastic approach

Fluency in English and Italian is required, Arabic is an asset.


HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed CV, a brief cover letter to address the requirements above and contact information for two professional references to: by the 20th April. Please reference “Cross-border administrative coordinator” in the subject line of your email application.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.




Medical Advisor

Location: North East Siria and Iraq

Period: 3 months with possible extensions

Starting Date (indicative): April 2018



Un ponte per… (UPP) is an NGO established in 1991. It has started its activities as “Un ponte per Baghdad”, right after the end of the war in Iraq, with the aim of organizing solidarity initiatives in favor of the Iraqi civil society. Later on, the intervention of Un ponte per… started including Serbia and other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries. The NGO mission is to prevent new conflicts, protect human rights and support civil society, especially in the Middle East, through awareness raising and advocacy campaigns, cultural exchanges, humanitarian and peacebuilding projects. UPP is active in Iraq since 1991 and is regularly registered at National and Kurdistan Region levels. Since 2012 UPP implements several programs to assist Syrian refugees.


The position

Un Ponte Per… is looking for Medical Advisors for the implementation of the health projects carried out in cooperation with the local partner Kurdish Red Crescent in North /East Syria.


Role and Responsibilities

The medical advisor will be responsible for:

Monitoring the project’s activities

Ensuring the technical assistance to the local health staff ensuring the compliance with international standards

Reviewing emergency protocols

Training for the local staff

Attending meeting with NGOs operating in the region

Elaborating M&E datas for reporting purpose

Supporting the project managers in the reporting activities


Essential Requirements

Medical degree.  It is not required any medical specialization but a good understanding of the medical case management.

Minimum of five years professional experience in the medical sector.

Good understanding of the project life cycle management

Excellent capacity to work in team.

Proven capacities to plan activities successfully targeting results and objectives.

Ability to supervise and/or mentor the medical staff.

Previous work experience in humanitarian field.

Excellent oral and written English. Arabic is an asset.

Working experience with local counterparts (CSOs, local NGOs, local institutions).

Experience of planning, organizing and prioritizing work, working under pressure and meeting deadlines.

Ability to work under pressure in stressful environments.


HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates are invited to submit a detailed CV, a brief cover letter to address the requirements above and contact information for two professional references to: . Please reference; “Medical Advisor” in the subject line of your email application. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Prospective candidates should be able to travel in Iraq and Syria upon the same -or better- conditions recognized to holders of Italian passport.


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